Marathon man Steve's next big challenge

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 26 May 2021

Innovative fundraiser Steve Hill MBE will be pounding the streets of the borough next month - raising funds for needy children in Uganda.

Mr Hill, deputy head at St Joseph’s primary school in Shaw, should have been away again, taking part in the Uganda Marathon, but the pandemic has lead to its cancellation.

However, on Saturday, June 5, he will be running his own Virtual Uganda Marathon in Saddleworth, Moorside and Oldham to help get children back to school in Masaka.

Said Mr Hill: “I should have actually been back in Uganda - supporting a number of charity projects and running the marathon.

“Children have missed over a year of school and there's no Zoom classrooms in Masaka either.

"Students in their key final years have missed exam preparation.

“Many families cannot afford the mandatory school fees.

"And many schools themselves cannot afford the government examation fees, or mandatory PPE requirements for staff.

“Children who miss their final year and exams - leaving school without qualifications - will face these setbacks for their entire lives.

"So I’m helping raise money to get classrooms open and children learning again.”

Please help support Mr Hill by donating to his JustGiving page here

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